Factors Impacting Perceived Quality in School Organizations


  • William K. Poston Iowa State University




Administrator Attitudes, Educational Quality, Institutional Characteristics, Performance Factors, School Districts, School Effectiveness, Staff Development, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes


This paper presents the findings of studies conducted at Iowa State University of public schools in Iowa in the area of perceived quality assessment. Demographic characteristics of the respondents on the Perceived Quality Assessment Instrument from forty-four school districts were described by position, home annual income, gender, age, level of education, and years experience in current or a similar job. The research project undertaken incorporated several studies of quality improvement characteristics of public schools. The project resulted in a compendium of coordinated research aimed at learning more about the relationships and effects of quality improvement efforts with other factors of school district operations.


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Author Biography

William K. Poston, Iowa State University

Dr. Poston is currently Associate Professor of Educational Administration in the Department of Professional Studies at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Bill is a former math and physical science teacher and an experienced administrator, with 25 years of experience in school administration including 15 years as a superintendent in the Flowing Wells (Tucson) and Kyrene (Tempe-Phoenix) Schools in Arizona and in the Billings Public Schools, in Montana. Bill earned his B. A. at the University of Northern Iowa, and his Ed. S. and Ed. D. at Arizona State University. He has many distinctive professional achievements, including service as the youngest-elected international president of Phi Delta Kappa, and selection as an Outstanding Young Leader in American Education in 1980. Bill has authored many articles and has recently published four books: Making Schools Work: Practical Management of School Operations (Corwin Press, 1992), Effective School Board Governance (Phi Delta Kappa International, 1994), Making Governance Work: Total Quality Education for School Boards, (Corwin Press, 1994), The Curriculum Audit: Improving School Quality (Co-author, Technomic Publishing, 1995). Dr. Poston teaches courses in contemporary management, strategic planning, school finance, and educational leadership at Iowa State University. He is also the executive director of the Iowa Superintendents' Academy and the Iowa School Business Management Academy. He continues to provide extensive service to schools in the areas of evaluation, curriculum management auditing, performance-based budgeting, and continual quality improvement. Bill has been married for 35 years to his wife, Marcia, and they have two daughters, both of whom are teachers in the West Des Moines Community Schools.




How to Cite

Poston, W. K. (1997). Factors Impacting Perceived Quality in School Organizations. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 5, 19. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.v5n19.1997